The Watermills of Vesacarballa Route
The route through the watermills of Vesacarballa and Serra do Mestre is a round circuit of approximately 1 kilometre. It features the stunning natural beauty of the riverbanks and helps one to understand the importance of the river as a production site and also as the centre of social activity in the village. The trail visits five watermills and a sawmill. Of these five mills, two are privately-owned, known as “Muíño de Barreiro” and “Muíño de Pura”; the other three are public mills: “Muíño das Paradas”, “Muíño do Medio” and “Muíño dos Obelleiros”. The “Serradoiro de Regueiro” or “Serra do Mestre” sawmill is privately-owned and was donated by the Regueiro family to the Association of the Rapa das Bestas to be opened for visits by the public.
The Sabucedo route
Apart from the Rapa, Sabucedo offers excellent nature and material heritage that can be visited throughout the year thanks to the recent creation of the Sabucedo Route.
The route begins at Curro Novo and follows the beautiful Campo do Medio oak grove to the vicinity of the Vesacarballa stream, very close to Sabucedo village. There are five mills and a sawmill on this approximately 1 km stretch of river. Two of the five mills known as “Muñoz de Barreiro” and “Muñoz de Pura” are privately-owned, while the other three are communal mills: “Muíño das Paradas”, “Muíño do Medio” and “Mueller dos Obelleiros”. The Regueiro or “Serra do Mestre” sawmill is privately owned and was donated by the Regueiro family to the Rapa das Bestas Association for public visits.
The trail crosses the river over the wooden Ponte dos Veciños (the Neighbours’ Bridge) before going up again from the banks of the river towards Sabucedo village. This section, where the visitor should see the most beautiful buildings in Sabucedo (the Church, the Old Curro, etc.), also runs between village houses whose outer walls contain a permanent external exhibition of photographs and information panels about the Rapa das Bestas. Illustrious photographers such as Tono Arias, Miguel Riopa or Anxo Cabada donated the pictures that illustrate the ancestral festivity that gives Sabucedo its fame so that it can be admired free of charge and restrictive timetables throughout the year and not just when the Rapa is held.
The final stretch of the route runs through the mountains closer to Sabucedo where you can admire several petroglyphs in the area that crown the summits and from where visitors are afforded views of the entire district. From there you return to the starting point which marks the end of a circular route of about 10 km.
Thanks to the collaboration of the Codeseda Viva Association, part of the Sabucedo Route shares its path with the Codeseda Sabucedo PR-G 197 Challenge, a broad 30 km trail that runs from the Umia River to the highlands of the Serra de Montouto following a spectacular path that will challenge even the most ambitious hikers.
The Codeseda-Sabucedo Challenge
A circular trail that runs between the villages of Codeseda and Sabucedo and which has now been cleaned and signposted and is marked as PRG-197, in preparation for approval by the Galician Federation of Mountaineering.
The full route is about 30 km. Therefore, if you want to do the whole thing, you should take the estimated duration times shown into account.
The first part of the route leaves the town of Codeseda and runs first to Fontenlo before heading towards the Umia River and travelling a stretch of about 6 km alongside the river, where a number of mills can be seen, as far as the village of Marcenlos. This is the most attractive part of the route.
From that point, the trail runs along broad tracks and footpaths that pose no difficulty and crosses numerous villages such as Agrela, O Coto, A Portela, Vilaboa. The best part of this section is where it runs through dense forests.
Just before Sabucedo, you come to a very beautiful ethnographic scene made up of the Vesacarballa and Serra do Mestre mills, which are without doubt the best on the route.
From here, the trail rises to the Monte do Peón area where local wild horses graze and roam free.
That brings you to the As Quintas waterfall and back to Codeseda again.